UPDATE: MORE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE!!
“Scoundrels by the Sea looks at the shady side of Long Beach, NY. It traces the extraordinary life of Senator William H. Reynolds, the Brooklyn builder and politician who turned the desolate sandbar on Long Island into a thriving city — a career marred by indictments for dishonest real estate dealings with New York City and for misusing city funds while mayor of Long Beach. The book dscribes a rogues’ gallery of Long Beach scoundrels: Phil Kohut, the Democratic leader who pocketed $23,500 in graft when the city purchased parking meters . . . Jerry Glucksman, the New York Assistant Attorney General in charge of fraud who was sent to the slammer for his own fraud . . . William Cahn, the Nassau County District Attorney, who was jailed for double-billing on his travel expenses . . . Joe Carlino, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, who pushed a $100 million fallout shelter bill through the Legislature while serving on the board of directors of the largest fallout shelter manufacturer in the country . . . the bootleggers during Prohibition who operated with impunity in Long Beach — and with immunity from the local cops . . . the Long Beach cop who killed the Long Beach mayor . . . Jimmy Hines, the corrupt Tammany leader who lived for a quarter of a century in Long Beach (except for a four-year stretch in Sing Sing) . . . Doc Hirshberg who operated his own little Ponzi scheme at the same time he was fund-raising for the new Long Beach Hospital . . . and Larry Knohl, the convicted embezzler who lived beyond his liens. Their stories (and others) are told against a rich background of the city’s history. Some of these stories tell why Long Beach was the only municipality in America omitted from the 1920 U.S. census; why William Randolph Hearst took sides in the 1922 Long Beach election; why the charter for the City of New York was written in Long Beach; why the death of Starr Faithfull remains the biggest mystery in the annals of Long Beach; why the proposed Long Beach pier jutting out into the ocean was never built; why Long Beach in the 1930s wanted Robert Moses or Nassau County to take over the dilapidated boardwalk; and why the Chrysler Building was originally planned to be named the Reynolds Building. Paul Jackson writes about such names and places as the dancers Vernon and Irene Castle; Prohibition agents Izzy and Moe; August Heckscher, who once attempted to buy all of Lido Beach; and beautiful model Audrey Munson, the subject of a Long Beach romantic triangle, whose likeness appears on some two dozen statues and buildings in Manhattan.”
Holy cow, that sounds juicy! Has anybody read this book? I missed my chance of buying a copy at a decent price, so I hope a newer edition is in the works.
On a side note: I swear I might have enough information for a Part II. I often think of writing a book about my experience of blogging about this city by the sea since 2008. One day I think I will. It would not only appeal to Long Beach folks, but also to those interested in the blogging medium in general. Oh yes it’ll be juicy. So juicy you’ll have to wear a bib when you read it.
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